SIDNEY — Coldwater hung to edge Midwest Athletic Conference opponent St. Henry 20-19 in a Division VI, Region 24 semifinal Friday night, advancing to play another conference foe, Marion Local, for the regional championship.
Jake Hemmelgarn completed at 18-yard touchdown pass to Jacob Wenning followed by a successful extra-point kick by Blake Dippold, which proved to be the difference, in the third quarter.
Zach Niekamp ran for this third touchdown on the night from 2-yards out with 4:21 remaining in the fourth quarter to pull the Redskins, who had beaten the Cavaliers 28-10 during the regular season, within 20-19 but a failed extra-point attempt prevented St. Henry (9-3) from tying game.
Coldwater (10-2) also scored TDs on runs of 4 and 3 yards by Hemmelgarn and Mitch Niekamp, who had 25 carries for 159 yards. Zach Niekamp had 166 yards on 31 attempts.
The Cavaliers game against Marion Local will be played at 7 p.m. Friday at a site yet to be announced. Coldwater defeated the Flyers 26-20 in double overtime in the final game of the regular season.
Ohio State 55, Detroit Mercy 41
COLUMBUS — Ohio State collected its first win of the season.
Dorka Juhász recorded her second double-double in as many games with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Fellow freshman Aaliyah Patty scored a game-high 16 points to go along with three blocks and four rebounds.
Point guard Carmen Grande dished-out seven assists and has eclipsed the 700 career assist mark. Najah Queenland also had a good all-around game going 3-of-3 from the floor for six points with seven rebounds, two assists and three steals.
As a team, the Buckeyes forced 21 turnovers and won the battle on the boards 40-28. Those two stats were what made the difference in the game as the Titans hung around but weren’t able to overcome their mistakes.
The Buckeyes forced seven first quarter turnovers but 3-point shooting allowed Detroit to lead 12-11 after the opening quarter. The Buckeyes then scored eight of the first 10 points of the second quarter behind six points from Patty, to take a 19-14 lead. After the hot start, the Buckeyes struggled from the floor but Jensen Caretti closed the half with a three from the wing to send the Buckeyes into the break with a 28-21 advantage.
OSU then shot 50 percent in the third quarter to open a comfortable lead and shoved the margin out to as many as 20 points midway through the fourth.
Columbus Grove graduate Paige Bellman had five points, 11 rebounds, three blocks and an assist for Detroit Mercy (1-1).
Nine players from the University of Northwestern Ohio volleyball team were recognized by the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference as the conference announced its postseason awards.
Middle hitter Devon Heitkamp (New Bremen) was selected as the Newcomer of the Year and was joined on the first team by setter Kayleigh Hulst. Outside hitter Erika Angstmann (St. Marys) was chosen to the second team and libero Flavia Knutti was named to the all-freshman team.
Off the court, middle hitter Taylor Winner was named to the Champions of Character Team and was also selected to the All-Academic Team along with defensive specialists Sofia Arranz, Jessica Rotta and Louise Back and outside hitter Julia Larsson.
Bellevue 81, UNOH 66
HUNTINGTON, Ind. — The University of Northwestern Ohio trailed by two at the half and by five with 5:50 to play before No. 14 Bellevue pulled away in the opening game of the Ness Brothers Hall of Fame Tournament .
UNOH shot 42 percent for the game while the Bruins shot 41 percent. Bellevue hit 14 of 29 3-point attempts and 15 of 22 foul shots compared to four of 16 from behind the arc and six of 11 free throws for the Racers.
Zach Montes led UNOH with 13 points while Nathan Lessing had 12 and Ladji Samoura 11 also for the Racers. Justin Koepp chipped in eight points and seven boards UNOH (1-3), takes on East-West University in the consolation game at 1 p.m. Saturday .
St John’s 84, Bowling Green 80
NEW YORK (AP) — Mustapha Heron scored 26 points, Shamorie Ponds added 21 with three 3-pointers and St. John’s rallied to beat Bowling Green.
After trailing 39-37 at halftime and by as many as 11 early in the second half, Ponds’ 3-point play put the Red Storm up for good 62-60. Ponds, the Big East preseason player of the year, hit a 3-pointer with 2:39 to play that made it 78-69. The Falcons (1-1) closed to 81-80 on Justin Turner’s layup with 6 seconds to go, but Heron made one of two from the line, then stole the ball off Demajeo Wiggins’ defensive rebound to seal the win.
Marvin Clark II scored 15 points, LJ Figueroa added 11 and St. John’s (2-0) shot 46 percent from the field (30 of 65) to Bowling Green’s 50 percent (25 of 50).
St John’s led by as many as nine points in the first half before the Falcons rallied and took a 35-33 lead on Dylan Frye’s 3.
Wiggins scored 12 points and grabbed 12 rebounds, Justin Turner scored 24 points with four 3-pointers, Frye added 18 with four 3s and Antwon Lillard scored 13 for the Falcons.
Toledo 87, Oakland 86
ROCHESTER, Mich. (AP) — Jaelan Sanford scored 18 of his 30 points in the second half to help Toledo pull away and edge Oakland in a season opener.
Oakland had built an eight-point lead in the second half before Toledo came back to tie it at 63 with 8:42 remaining. Chris Darrington then capped an 8-1 spurt with a 3-point play and Toledo led 72-64.
Karmari Newman made a 3-pointer to pull the Grizzlies to 86-85 with 12 seconds to play. Both teams then split free throws before Xavier Hill-Mais missed a jumper to end it.
Sanford was 10 of 18 from the field and made all eight of his free-throw attempts. Willie Jackson had 15 points and 10 rebounds for Toledo, which shot 60 percent (30 of 50) from the field. Marreon Jackson, Luke Knapke and Nate Navigato chipped in 11 points apiece.
Hill-Mais scored 30 points on 14-of-21 shooting to lead Oakland. The Grizzlies were 32-of-64 shooting but missed 10 free throws.
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